I've decided against a full Ironman this year. It was actually a pretty easy decision once I went through the checklist I created.
Step 1 - Catch the bug. Check!
Step 2 - Spousal approval. Check!
The conversation went something like this:
Me: "Honey, I'm thinking about doing something crazy like Ironman Canada with Len"
DW: "Do whatever you want, I'm not going"
She is actually much more supportive than that. The race is the beginning of preschool for her, so she can't really leave for a week.
Step 3 - Take the time off work. Check!
This one was actually a little tough. I already have 20 days of vacation planned next year (I get 19). I was going to borrow a week.
Step 4 - Come up with the cash.
Well, I don't really have money laying around, but could find a way to "fit" this in.
Step 5 - Equipment - Maybe.
I could do a full on my road bike, but I would really like to get a tri bike before I do a full. I still ride in mtb shoes too :-).
Step 6 - Physical Inventory - Fail :-(
My swim volume is about half what it needs to be (maybe more). I never swam for anything other than fun until three years ago (and I was a slow learner!). Two years ago, I did about 60k yards before my shoulders stopped cooperating. This year I did the minimum necessary (70k) to complete a HIM so as not to re-injure them. So this year, my goal is to bump my swim volume by 2X and see how my shoulders feel. Besides the shoulders, I had nutrition failures on the two HIM's I did this year. I definitely need to learn how to take in more calories before I attempt a full.
Speaking of funny Ironman thinking, check out the six phases of bragging about becoming an Ironman that I will have to postpone. Funny Stuff.